Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $400,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
The East Palo Alto Police Department will implement an effective and coordinated program to provide enrichment programs for at risk youth. Services will focus on Academic Support and Enrichment, Social Skills and Youth Development, Physical, Health, and Recreation, and Family and Community Involvement. Project objectives are as follows: 1) Teach leadership skills by involving 10-20 youth in the planning and implementation of program activities; 2) Provide athletic activities for 75-100 youth; 3) Conduct a Junior Police Academy for 20 youth to foster positive attitudes toward police; 4) Provide after-school academic enrichment activities for 150 youth; and 5) Refer 100 out-of-school youth to educational and vocational services, mentoring, and community service opportunities. Expected outcomes are: 1) Development of services and strategies that contribute to reductions in gang affiliation, violence, and drug-related offenses by youth; 2) Increased opportunities for social interventions by law enforcement, community-based organizations and residents; 3) Improvement in neighborhood conditions and police and resident effectiveness in dealing with gang crime. The evaluation is quantitative and qualitative so that progress toward goals can be reliably measured. Quantitative techniques will use standardized measures that fit diverse opinions and experiences into predetermined response categories. Qualitative methods will also be used to provide greater depth and detail. NCA/NCF